Alvin Gentry Rumors
NBA.com: The team brought back both Asik and Alexis Ajinca. Does that mean that Davis will continue playing the four, primarily? Alvin Gentry: He’ll be a four and a five in certain situations. The one thing I don’t want to do is have him banging, night in and night out, against the Dwight Howards of the world. Physically, I don’t think he’s ready for that. And I don’t want him to be that. Obviously, there’s going to be times when he’ll have to do that. But for the most part, we want him to be a four man.
NBA.com: Do you want to do anything different with him offensively? Alvin Gentry: I think we’ll try to expand his game. He’s a good enough shooter where he can step out and make corner 3s right now. The big thing is that we’ve got to have more possessions per 48 minutes. The way you do that is you’ve got to play with faster pace.
NBA.com: How does a team with a frontline of Anthony Davis and Omer Asik rank in the bottom 10 defensively? What do you need to change on that end? Alvin Gentry: We’ve got to do something about that. First of all, we’ve got to get better perimeter defense out front, so that we’re not getting penetration from perimeter players, which causes our bigs to be in rotation. That’s the first thing that we’ve got to do. Secondly, we’ve got to be better as a team, in our rotations, in our protection of the lane. The big thing is that you’ve got to take away dribble penetration. NBA.com: So defense is the No. 1 priority when camp opens? Alvin Gentry: Sure it is. That’s how we won the championship last year, make no mistake about it. Our offense was good, because our defense was great.